MSEA-SEIU Vice President-elect Allison Perkins, left, and MSEA-SEIU President-elect Dean Staffieri, right, stand with MSEA-SEIU President Ramona Welton after their election at the union’s 76th Annual Meeting Nov. 2 in Rockport.
Members of the Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, have elected Dean Staffieri as president and Allison Perkins as vice president effective Jan. 1, 2020. They were elected at the union’s 76th Annual Meeting Nov. 1-2 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport.
Staffieri of Naples has served as the union’s vice president since 2016. He works as a rehabilitation counselor for the Maine Department of Labor. He previously worked for over 25 years for the Office of Child and Family Services within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, most recently as a child protective caseworker supervisor.
“This is an extraordinary time to lead MSEA,” Staffieri said. “Workers in Maine and nationwide are making their voice heard at work. They’re speaking up in support of the quality services they provide and demanding the respect they’ve earned. It’s an honor to lead MSEA in the fight for an economy that works for all of us.”
Allison Perkins of Cornville is a chief steward for the union and a member of its board of directors. She works as an eligibility specialist in the Office of Family Independence within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. “From my conversations with MSEA members across the state, and as a working mom, I know the importance of manageable work schedules, affordable healthcare and wages that keep up with the cost of living,” Perkins said. “Together, we’re excited to continue the fight for working families in 2020 and beyond.”
Members of the union also honored Ramona Welton, their outgoing president of the past four years. Welton works as an auditor for the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles within the Maine Department of the Secretary of State.
The Maine State Employees Association, Local 1989 of the Service Employees International Union, represents over 12,000 Maine workers at the Maine Community College System, the Maine Military Authority, Maine Maritime Academy, Maine Turnpike Authority, Bangor International Airport, Maine Public Employees Retirement System, York County government, the City of Lewiston, Lewiston Schools, the City of Auburn, Preble Street, Child Development Services, the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf/Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, the Maine People’s Alliance, the American Red Cross in Bangor, Home Care for Maine, Green Valley Association in Patten, Treats Falls House in Orono, and workers in all three branches of Maine State Government.